POOLESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — If you want to add some joy to your Instagram feed, you might be looking for a sunflower field.
Montgomery County said the sunflower field is in bloom at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville!READ MORE: Harford County Council Is Asking University Of Maryland Upper Chesapeake To Reconsider Its Vaccine Mandate
The true purpose of the beautiful field comes after the flowers mature and dry, said the Department of Natural Resources. Sunflowers and their seeds are a favorite of mourning doves and other animals and pollinators.
Montgomery County is hosting a photo contest with the flowers. To enter, tag #MoCoSunflowersin your social media post.
The sunflowers are in bloom at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Area and we want to see your shots. Tag #MoCoSunflowers in your sunflower photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our site. One winner will be chosen to receive a Montgomery County swag bag! https://t.co/7RDiNmaguQ pic.twitter.com/HcyVoQ9x2f
— Visit Montgomery, MD (@VisitMoCo) July 23, 2021READ MORE: Maryland State Police To Assist U.S. Capitol Police With Security Ahead of Justice For J6 Protest
There’s no fee to visit the field, and it can be accessed at all hours, but the DNR said overnight camping is prohibited. Because the sunflowers are planted for the benefit of wildlife, cutting or otherwise damaging the plants is also prohibited.
You can bring your dog for pictures too, but remember to bring a leash!
Here are some tips from Montgomery County for your visit:
- Visit the field on a weekday if you can! It gets busy on the weekend
- Wear long pants and shoes, as the field is home to ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy
- Bring a picnic blanket, there are no benches or picnic tables
- Take a bathroom break beforehand – there are no bathroom facilities
Here’s how the field looks as of July 20, per the Department of Natural ResourcesMORE NEWS: 47-Year-Old Damian Palmer Arrested In Baltimore For Attempted Murder